Domestic workers

Ban on Cambodian Maids to Stop Violence

Oct 21st, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Domestic workers, Informal Economy

Cambodia’s Prime Minister has placed a temporarily ban on sending domestic workers to Malaysia in a bid to stop violence against workers in the female-dominated industry, according to the ABC Radio Australia News. Prime Minister Hun Sen signed the order after numerous campaigns by human rights groups, focusing on the ill-treatment of maids sent to [...]



Immigrant Maid Wins Landmark Case in Hong Kong

Oct 2nd, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Domestic workers, Informal Economy

Hong Kong’s High Court has ruled that a domestic helper from the Philippines should be allowed to apply for permanent residency in the city. The case was brought by Evangeline Banao Vallejos, who has lived in Hong Kong since 1986. The ruling follows a landmark judicial review and could lead to more than 100,000 other [...]



Domestic Workers Will Have Health cover in India

Sep 17th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Domestic workers, Informal Economy

BANGALORE: Those women who help you breathe easy during the busy morning hours will now be able to claim more benefits. The government will soon include domestic workers in the health insurance scheme it is introducing for labourers from the unorganised sectors. The scheme initially planned for labourers like construction workers will be extended to [...]



Govt in Talks Over Pay Raise For Maids Working Abroad

Sep 7th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Domestic workers, Informal Economy

Indonesian maids overseas will soon get a pay raise if a state-sponsored agency successfully negotiates an increase in their minimum salaries with governments abroad. The National Board for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Overseas Workers (BNP2TKI), is focusing on wages in the Asia Pacific region and Middle East, a top official said Wednesday September [...]



Domestic Workers Suffer in the Shadows

Sep 2nd, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Domestic workers, Informal Economy

With news outlets scrambling to cover the latest stories about Indonesian migrant workers abroad, from a beheading in Saudi Arabia to the latest roundup of illegals in Malaysia, the well-being of local household workers is usually ignored. Experts say that maids and nannies in Jakarta face many of the same issues of abuse as workers [...]



Stronger Rules Needed to Protect Domestic Workers

Feb 20th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Domestic workers, Informal Economy

More domestic workers in the country will suffer mistreatment unless the government and the House of Representatives counterparts pass a law on domestic workers protection, activists say. Many female domestic workers, including women and girls, were living and working under poor conditions, where they were being exploited economically and suffering physical, psychological and sexual violence [...]



CAW’s Statement on the Occasion of Indonesia’s Domestic Workers Day 15 Feb

Feb 14th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Domestic workers, Informal Economy, International Women's Day 100 Years

On 15 February 2011 the death of 14-year old domestic worker Sunarsih ten years ago in Indonesia will be commemorated by women workers, migrant and local domestic workers, women’s rights advocates and labour support groups all over Asia. Committee for Asian Women (CAW) joins JALA PRT, TUNAS MULIA and all domestic workers organisations in Indonesia [...]



Working as Maid Abroad-It Is Not All Doom and Gloom

Jan 12th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Domestic workers, Informal Economy

The rising number of abuse cases of Indonesian migrant workers has sparked heated debate over whether the government should stop exporting housemaids. However, job seekers here are apparently still looking for the silver lining in every dark cloud of working overseas. Nuryati, a lecturer at Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa University’s School of Law in Serang, Banten, [...]



Saudi Woman Jailed for Abusing Indonesian Maid Sumiati

Jan 10th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Domestic workers, Informal Economy

A court in the Saudi city of Medina has sentenced a woman to three years in jail for the severe physical abuse of her Indonesian maid. Sumiati Binti Salan Mustapa, 23, was admitted to hospital in November with broken bones and burns to her face and body. The case received worldwide attention, and prompted the [...]



NAC for Covering Domestic Workers in Anti-harassment Bill in India

Jan 10th, 2011 | By cawinfo | Category: Domestic workers, Informal Economy

The National Advisory Council headed by Sonia Gandhi today suggested to the government to bring domestic workers under the purview of a proposed law for protection of women against sexual harassment at workplace.   Voicing concern over the exclusion of domestic workers from the purview of the Protection of Women against Sexual Harassment at Workplace [...]